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June 14, 2008 10:25 PM

Joey Lagano makes history

The Nationwide Series driver made their way to Kentucky this weekend for the Meijer 300.  Rookie sensation Joey Lagano was able to get his second poll in a row in only three starts in the series.

Joey Lagano said that the he learned that track position is important.  Clint Bowyer said that his car will drive to the front.

During the first half of this race it was all Kyle Busch.  He started back in 35th since he did not get to qualify the car, but was a rocket and moved right up to the lead of the race on lap 40. Three cautions occurred during this time including a Chase Miller spin on lap 12 and one for Kenny Wallace on lap 1.  Kyle at one pint of time have an over 6.5 second lead over the field.

With 75 laps left in this race it was Kyle Busch in the lead with Joey Lagano in second and had a big lead over Jason Leffler in third.

With 66 the fourth caution on the night came out for debris.  Cars were getting close to a second green flag pit at this point of time.  All the leaders pit and Kyle Busch was able to get the lead of the race with Joey Lagano out in second.

During this caution while trying to warm up the tires Steven Wallace winds up hitting into Carl Edwards spinning him out.  Steven Wallace said that it was miscommunication that caused the spin. “I feel like the biggest idiot,” said Carl Edwards on this.  He also said it was a miscommunication.

The green flag finally drops again with 57 laps to go.  With 54 laps to go Joey Lagano blew buy Kyle Busch for the lead of the race and quickly had a half second lead.  Both of them had busted on over 1 second lead over Scott Wimmer in third.

With 40 laps to go Kyle was only slowly reeling him in, but in three more laps he crashes the car all by himself ending a good day for him.  “I just lost it I guess,” said Kyle Busch.  He also stated that his car was tight.

This brings cars in the back of the lead lap for tires and fuel.  With 31 laps to go it was Joey Logano in the lead with Scott Wimmer in second at the drop of the green flag.  Jason Leffler then quickly makes a move on Scott and moves into second place.

With 17 laps to go in the race Joey had a two second lead over Jason Leffler.  With 10 laps left the lead was still around 2 seconds for Joey.  Joey goes to cruise on for his first and historic victory in his racing career.

Joey beats Caesy Atwood for being the youngest winner ever in the Nationwide Series by around 10 months.

“They were tough,” said father Tom Lagano on the final laps of the race.

“Unbelievable,” said Joey Lagano.  When asked what is next for him he said that he did not know and wanted to finish this moment first.

“Had a good racecar tonight,” said Scott Wimmer who finished in second.

“We had a good car,” said Mike Wallace who finished in third.

“Had a hard time passing by myself,” said Brad Keselowki.  He finished the race in fourth place.

“Clean air was really big for us,” said Bryan Clauson. “It’s a great night for Joey.”

After the end of the race Clint Bowyer continues to lead in the points.  Moving up to second place though is Nationwide only driver Brad Keselowski who is 170 points back to Clint.

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